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Measure for Measure by Carl Ricketts

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01/03/2011

Measuring capacity is not difficult although interpreting the results can be a problem. We should measure all old vessels for the eye alone cannot easily distinguish what measurement may reveal. Differences in proportions can mask both over- and under-capacity, and result in historically interesting items passing unnoticed. Note that having an ‘unusual’ capacity does not automatically place the object earlier than c1826 as many local and customary measures continued to be used regionally during most of the 19th Century.

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